Reed City senior getting job done at nose guard

REED CITY —  Angel Estrada is giving Reed City’s football team solid contributions in his first season as a Coyote.

Estrada (5-7, 185), a senior defensive nose guard, transferred from New Mexico and played football there.

“It’s very intense there,” he said. “It was during (preseason) camp where I learned it all. Coaches were good at teaching me stuff.”

Estrada has a key role for the Coyote offense.

“It’s to search anything that comes at me and (take care of it),” he said.

A key moment was a fumble recovery in the season opener against Baldwin.

“We have a good solid defense,” Estrada said. “It’s physical and mental, we have to be mental in this game. It’s such a mental game. You have to go at it.”

Estrada said he wanted to improve on firing off the ball “and be coachable.”

The Coyotes are 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

“We’re coming together as a team,” Estrada said. “We just have to execute.”

The Coyotes are home against Central Montcalm this Friday night.

Special teams have also played a key role for Reed City.

Brendan Marsh, a junior, said the kickoff team continues to improve.

“Our first game, we had to do some things a little bit better,” he said. “We weren’t making tackles. But we fixed it the second week.”